“What’s For Fitness Today?” Tip #23 – Cooking Green For Earth Day Fun!

earth-day-april-22April 23, 2011

Tip #23

Remember our post teaching you the facts and history on Earth Day and our posts giving you ideas for events on activities to celebrate? Now we’re bringing you some crafts, projects, games, and FUN for anyone, especially parents and kids out there!

1.) Cook some “green” and organic food!

Mango & Roasted Cashew Salad

This rich spring recipe combines sweet, flavorful mango and its relative, the crunchy cashew. Combined with wine, ginger and maple crystals, the pair makes a light fruit salad that’s perfect for an Earth Day meal or an anytime side dish.


  • 1/2 cup organic sweet white wine, such as a Riesling
  • 1/4 cup maple crystals, or light brown sugar
  • 1 large mango, cut into medium-size cubes (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 cup oven-roasted cashews (see Tip)
  • Garnish: 8 fresh mint leaves, finely chopped

Cooking Instructions

  1. Pour wine into medium bowl. Add maple crystals, and stir until completely dissolved.
    Add mango cubes and grated ginger. Cover and refrigerate for about 2 hours to let the flavors mingle.
  2. Drain off excess liquid; return to bowl. Add cashews and mix well. Garnish with fresh mint.


Other tropical fruits such as pineapples and papayas are good alternatives to the fresh mango in this recipe.

Tips & Tricks

To make the oven-roasted cashews: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spread raw cashews on a baking sheet and toast in oven about 5-8 minutes, until cashews turn a light golden brown.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Ready In: 2 hours 10 minutes

Servings: 2

Angel Hair Pasta with Asparagus A springtime saute of tender spears of fresh asparagus tossed with angel hair pasta, mushrooms and Parmesan makes a lovely lunch or light supper.

Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Stir-Fry It’s an excuse to use up all those leftover veggies at the end of the week. This easily adaptable stir-fry recipe takes into account all sorts of tastes and makes good use of whatever you happen to have on hand.

Creamy Vegetable Medley Looking for a way to get your kids to eat their veggies? This creamy casserole combines broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and mushroom with a crispy fried onion crust for a yummy dish that’ll win the approval of moms and kids alike.

Basmati Rice and Peas This spectacular side is sure to steal the show. Basmati rice with peas is a simple way to liven up this plain old grain and an amazing accompaniment to steak or seafood.

Fruit and Nut Coleslaw Sweet and tangy tropical fruits mingle with crunchy cabbage, raisins, walnuts and yogurt for a refreshing slaw that makes an ideal sidekick for burgers, ribs and all things barbecue.

Mushroom Kabobs The earthy flavors of mushrooms combine with grilled peppers, lemon juice, thyme and rosemary for a taste of summer in every bite. Serve these kabobs hot off the grill with wedges of lemon or lime and fresh herbs.

Blueberry Lemon Loaf Light and lemony, this delicious loaf makes the perfect companion to a tall glass of iced tea or a steaming mug of tea. Use fresh blueberries when they’re in season, or frozen ones anytime of year.

Dirt Cups What kid won’t love putting gummi worms into “dirt” made from JELL-O Instant Pudding and chocolate-sandwich cookies?

“Mudpie” Cookies Oatmeal, cocoa and peanut butter combine to make tasty “mudpies” for your wee ones.

Vegan Banana Blueberry Muffins You’ll want to try these healthy, wholesome banana blueberry muffins that are both quick and easy to make. Full of fiber, these morning muffins are a great way to start a nutritious day.

2.) Make some crafts with a child using natural resources

Sweet Gum Pod Mouse 

Sweet Gum Pod Mouse

Combine nature and crafts with this sweet gum pod mouse craft. It’s a good project to do with Cub Scouts and Brownies, especially for Earth Day. read more

Pet Rocks 

Pet Rocks

Get into classic crafts with your kdis! Nothing is more classic than the fun summer craft – Pet Rocks! A great camp craft to enjoy as well. read more

Sand-Filled Bottles 

Sand-Filled Bottles

Take a bit of the beach home with you by crafting these cool sand-filled bottles. Kids will have fun making these at the beach or cottage and they make a great summer souvenir to take home. read more

Sand Sculpture 

Sand Sculpture

Every beachside sculptor knows the frustration of seeing a masterpiece sand castle swept away by the waves. Now kids can craft a permanent sand sculpture just by using sand, water and cornstarch. read more

Wooden Wizard Wand 

Wooden Wizard Wand

Make an accessory essential to any young apprentice – a wizard wand. Use a wooden stick for a fun and easy craft that is a favorite with kids. read more

Sand Art 

Sand Art

While away long summer afternoons with sand art. Also called sand painting, this is a simple but satisfying craft that’s good for Earth Day in the springtime or any dry summer day that follows. read more

Salt Art 

Salt Art

You can create some really beautiful effects with this salt art craft. Kids also enjoy coloring the salt with food coloring before painting with it. read more


Seashell Mobile 


Seashell Mobile

Make a great souvenir of a beachside stay with this seashell mobile. Kids love collecting shells, sand dollars, pinecones or whatever else they may decide to use in this classic summer craft. read more

Easter Egg Mosaics 

Easter Egg Mosaics

A great way to use up those broken Easter egg shells with this egg mosaics craft for kids. read more

3.) Watch an “Earth Day” movie!


After mankind has used up all of the Earth’s resources and abandoned it for a new, lazier frontier in space, it is up to Wall-E, a garbage collecting robot, to convince the human race to return and re-cultivate.

MPAA Rating: G

Runtime: 1 hr. 38 mins.


Loosely based on the Little Mermaid, Ponyo is the story of the daughter of a sea goddess and a powerful alchemist who begins her life as a fish-girl.

When she is found washed ashore by Sosuke, a five-year old boy who lives by the ocean, they form an unbreakable bond that takes them through a spectacular adventure.

MPAA Rating: G

Runtime: 1 hr. 43 mins.

Erin Brockovich

The true life rags to riches story of unemployed, single mother named Erin Brockovich who happens upon a job at a law firm.

Having a big heart that no stereotypical lawyer would have, Erin discovers a company is illegally dumping toxic waste and contaminating nearby residents leading her firm into a multi-billion dollar lawsuit.

MPAA Rating: R

Runtime: 2 hrs. 10 mins.

Free Willy

Doing time at a marina for vandalism, a young boy befriends an orca whale through the tank’s glass. After uncovering the plot of the marina owner to “dispose” of the orca for poor performance in front of an audience, the youngster decides to take it upon himself to “free Willy.”

MPAA Rating: PG for some mild language

Runtime: 1 hr. 52 mins.

The Day After Tomorrow

Global warming has caught up with the Earth in this catastrophic sci-fi thriller. It is up to climatologist Jack Hall to save his son Sam, and the world, from the new Ice Age.

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense situations of peril.

Runtime: 2 hrs. 4 mins.

March of the Penguins

This documentary follows the perilous trips made by arctic penguins in the dead of winter from their protected breeding grounds to their feeding grounds tens of miles away.

MPAA Rating: G

Runtime: 1 hr. 25 mins.

Ant Bully

When 10-year-old Lucas Nickle attacks an ant colony, he is shrunk down to their size and sees just how hard it is to be an ant.

MPAA Rating: PG for some mild rude humor and action

Runtime: 1 hr. 28 mins.

An Inconvenient Truth

This documentary film follows Al Gore’s campaign to educate the world about the effects of global warming and inspire change.

MPAA Rating: PG

Runtime: 1 hr. 40 mins.

FernGully: The Last Rainforest

The fairies of FernGully, a beautiful and enchanted rainforest, are in mortal danger when human loggers come, cut lumber, and release the oil monster Hexxus from his tree imprisonment. When the fairy Christa accidentally shrinks Zak, a human logger, they, along with their friends Batty, Pips, and Beatle Boy, are the only ones who can save the forest.

MPAA Rating: G

Runtime: 1 hr. 16 mins.

Disneynature: Earth

This beautiful documentary follows the journey of three animal families over one year. We get a rare, intimate glimpse into the lives of polar bears, humpback whales, and elephants as they face adventure, hardship and victory.

MPAA Rating: G

Runtime: 1 hr. 30 mins.

Lastly, use this green checklist to make the most of your resources!

All Courtesy of Kaboose.com.

© 2011 Copyright   Allison Stuart Kaplan  www.Askinyourface.com LLC

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